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How to Grow Ponytail Palm from Seeds?

Everyone wants a beautiful plant that is very easy to take care of.

Among varieties of plants, I found Ponytail Palm unique and adjustable.

So, I bought Ponytail Palm seeds from the market and grew them.

Do not worry if you think growing Ponytail Palm from seeds at home might be very tough.

This article will give you a clear idea, even if you are a beginner.

To grow Ponytail Palm from seeds, all you have to do is scarify and soak the seeds in water, put them on the soil’s surface or potting mix, and gently press them. Then, maintain the temperature between 70℉- 80℉, and add some water.  

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Every plant has its own needs and requirements, and as plant parents, we have to be careful and look after our babies and fulfill their requirements.

Just knowing how to grow them from seeds is not enough.

You have to know all the essentials, needs, and requirements so that the plant flourishes.

Ponytail Palm
Ponytail Palm (Source:

To learn more about this trouble-free plant, keep on reading this article.

Materials Required to Grow Ponytail Palm from Seeds

There are few basic steps involved in growing a Ponytail Palm from seeds.

Before that, you have to know the materials needed to start this process.

1. Seeds

You can buy seeds from a market, nearby nursery, or online. Once you bring them home, you may want to check on their excellent viability.

To know about the quality, you can spray some water in a tissue or a paper towel, place seeds, and fold tissue.

Then place it into a plastic bag to maintain its warmth.

After a week, if you see half of your seeds germinating and sprouting, use them; otherwise, get new seeds.

Check out this link to order quality Ponytail Palm seeds online Seeds of Ponytail Palm.

2. Seed Starter Mix

Seed starter mix is optional. You can use potting mix or garden soil.

However, if you want to see a better result, I recommend using a seed starter mix as it is highly nutritious for plants to germinate.

3. Seed Starter Tray

You can use waste materials like ice trays, egg cartons, etc., or varieties of trays available in the market.

You can buy a starter tray from Amazon.

Seed starter tray
Seed starter tray (Source:

4. Others

Gloves, trowels, labels, etc., are also required for easy work.

Necessary Conditions to Grow Ponytail Palm from Seeds

FertilizerAdd a small amount after the seedlings develop a true set of leaves
Temperature 70℉-80℉
Light14-16 hours of direct light
MoistureConsistent Moisture (Use plastic bags or get a kit cover)

To grow any plant from seeds, you have to provide the essential requirements.

Similarly, Ponytail Palm has its demand for light, moisture, warmth, nutrients, etc.

  • Fertilizer

It is better not to add fertilizer until your plants develop leaves.

A potting mix works wonders during the germination period of Ponytail Palm.

  • Temperature

Seeds sprouts faster if the soil is warm and slower if the soil is cold.

It means seeds prefer warmer temperatures to germinate.

65℉ to 70℉ is a good range for it to germinate faster.

However, if the soil temperature is below 65℉ and the air temperature is low, seeds might not survive.

So, it would be better to maintain the appropriate range of temperature.

  • Light

While you are starting seedlings, light is an essential factor.

You have to provide 14 to 16 hours of direct sunlight if you want to see your seeds germinate.

These days grow lights are also available in the market, which is somewhat expensive and not essentially required if you are only starting seeds.

  • Moisture

You have to keep the soil moist and not let it dry when growing plants from seeds.

It is better to use chlorine water or distilled water for your growing seeds.

Both Overwatering and less watering can cause significant problems.

So, add only the required amount of water, trap the moisture, use plastic bags or get the cover.

Steps to Grow Ponytail Palm from Seeds

Step 1 Select good quality seeds

The first and foremost thing you have to do is buy good quality seeds from the nursery or nearby market.

You will need fresh and viable seeds for the growth of the Ponytail Palm Plant.

Put those seeds in tissue and spray some water to make that wet.  Then wait for a few days and check whether it is sprouting or not.

Step 2 Choose a container

Get a suitable container that is at least 2 to 3 inches deep and has drainage holes in it.

Buy a seed starting kit, or use a yogurt container, egg container, etc.

Make sure to clean those containers with some bleach and water before using them as a seed starting kit.

Step 3 Start with suitable soil

It would be better to use potting mix or seed starter mix rather than garden soil. But it is entirely okay if you choose garden soil.

It would be better to use one part potting mix, one part perlite, one part sand for better results.

Also, I recommend you wet your soil with warm water before sowing the seeds.

I would suggest you read the instructions written in the packet of seeds and follow them.

Find out how deep you have to sow the seeds and do so accordingly.

Step 4 Provide the required temperature.

Seeds of Ponytail Palm require a warm environment, bright light, and proper moisture level to grow into a new plant.

Maintain the temperature around 78℉ until the seeds germinate and lower the temperature below 70℉ once seeds germinate.

Step 5  Location

Seeds require sunlight for at least some hours.

Place this plant in a bright corner of your house.

If it is not provided as needed, there is a chance of your plant growing leggy or dying.

Step 6 Watering

Overwatering and less watering might kill your germinating seeds.

So, water as wisely as possible without overdoing and balancing the soil’s moisture level.

Step 7 Fertilize

You do not have to add fertilizers until the seedlings develop a second set of true leaves.

Add only the required amount of fertilizers; otherwise, there is a high chance that your plant might die.

So, add little fertilizers every other week till you transplant the plant into a new pot.

I recommend my gardener friends to use organic liquid fertilizers or chemical fertilizers diluted to 1/2 strength.

I have been using Seaweed fertilizer as it contains different naturally occurring amino acids and nutrients.

It is suitable not only for Ponytail Palm but also for other indoor plants that you own.

Seaweed Fertilizer
Seaweed Fertilizer (Source: Amazon)

How Long Does Ponytail Palm Take to Grow from Seeds?

Ponytail Palm is a very slow-growing plant but lives for a long time.

The seeds of Ponytail Palm take 7 to 10 days to sprout when it is wrapped in a wet paper towel.

It takes around a month or two to germinate and develop a leaf in a seed starting container.

After developing few more leaves, the baby plant is transferred into a new planter, which takes around six months to grow a few inches.

Ponytail Plant takes around a year to reach one foot. Then this plant takes nearly five years to double in height.

If you grow Ponytail Palm outdoors, it grows taller than 8 feet and might reach up to 15 feet tall.

If Ponytail Palm is grown in the native environment, it reaches 30 feet tall.

This way, it grows into a beautiful plant.

Tips for Taking Care of Ponytail Palm Seeds During Propagation

You can propagate Ponytail Palm from seeds as well as cuttings.

As your plant matures, it starts to make the side shoots or pups from the plant base. It is the way your plant is propagating itself.

You can slice the little plant from the mother plant and use it as a cutting.

In the case of seeds, I have mentioned all the necessary information above.

  • Watering Pattern  

Water gently regularly. A small cup of water a day works wonders!

Avoid heavy watering. If you do, that soil becomes wet all the time, lacking air pockets.

This results in the drowning of your plant, limited oxygen supply, and plants cannot breathe properly.

Watering less is also a significant problem. If you water less but enough for your plants to survive, growth becomes slower.

However, if watering is done very rarely, the leaves start drying, browning, and then eventually die.

  • Feeding on time

Add fertilizers once a week once it germinates and develops leaves.

I would suggest you avoid feeding more to your plants, thinking that they will grow faster and taller, which is wrong.

Plants need Nitrogen compounds to thrive, which can be added through fertilizers.

If more than the required amount of fertilizers are added, it might lead to toxicity.

  • Proper Light 

Place your plant near windows where they can get enough light.

A window sill that receives sunlight is perfect for Ponytail Palm.

  • Temperature

In case of temperature, Ponytail Palm can withstand up to 55℉. Still, it prefers a temperature around 70℉.

So, we have to be careful about the temperature, especially during winters as it gets too cold.

  • Repotting on time

Transplant your plant into a new pot once it starts developing a few leaves.

As Ponytail Palm grows tall and its root also spreads, remember to repot your plant.

If repotting is not done in time, the root becomes bound and cannot absorb water and nutrients, which results in death.

It is better to use potting mix or garden soil mixed with sand and peat. Make a sound drainage hole in the planter.


Ponytail Palm is a beautiful addition to your plant collection or your house.

This succulent plant that looks like a Palm tree can grow indoors, requires low maintenance and is easy to grow for a working person.

You can use seeds or cuttings to propagate them. The steps are not complicated and can be done quickly in your house.

You won’t regret the decision of adding Ponytail Palm to your house, which not only elevates the decor but also brings peace and calmness to your home.

  1. I thought Nolina seeds needed to be pollinated. Can you please tell me how this is done?

    1. Hello Brian,
      Yes, the Nolina plant’s flower must first be pollinated to generate seeds. As this plant is dioecious, only female plants produce seeds. You can easily separate if your plant is male or female from the flower color. Females have pink flowers, whereas males have ivory.
      Cross-pollination is necessary for this plant.
      Male genetic travels along the pollen tube after pollen lands on a receptive Stigma to form a pollen tube, fertilizing an ovule. Ovules mature into seeds, and the ovary surrounding them becomes the fruit.
      You can also do it manually if you want to pollinate the plants to produce the seeds. When the male flowers have pollen (yellow powdery structures) in the anther, you can grab a sterilized spatula and collect it. Then you can rub the pollen into the stigma of the female flower.
      It is quicker and more straightforward, and you don’t have to wait for flower pollination to occur naturally. Carefully follow this procedure right away and avoid storing the pollens. Otherwise, they may turn non-viable.

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